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Death of Kings by Bernard Cornwell
  

Death of Kings

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This is masterful historical storytelling of the ninth century iconic story of King Alfred and the making of a nation, England. Meticulously researched, with characters that come to life as you read, it is a must read for any fan of Cornwell or the Anglo Saxon era.

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Synopsis

Death of Kings by Bernard Cornwell

The master of historical fiction presents the iconic story of King Alfred and the making of a nation. Alfred, the great king, is said to be dying. Rivals for his succession are poised to tear the kingdom apart. The country Alfred has worked thirty years to build is about to disintegrate. Uhtred, the King's warrior, Viking born but Saxon bred, wants more than anything else to go and fight to reclaim his stolen Northumbrian inheritance. But he knows that if he deserts the King's cause, Alfred's dream -- and indeed the very future of the English nation -- will very likely vanish. Death of Kings is an outstanding novel by a master storyteller of how England was made -- and very nearly lost.

Reviews

Praise for THE BURNING LAND:

'Cornwell draws a fascinating picture of England as it might have been before anything like England existed
The Times

Praise for AZINCOURT:

'This is a magnificent and gory work'
Daily Mail

'The historical blockbuster of the year'
Evening Standard

'If Bernard Cornwell was born to write one book, this is it. No other historical novelist has acquired such a mastery of the minutiae of warfare in centuries past'
Daily Telegraph

'A runaway success'
Observer Praise for Bernard Cornwell:

'The characterisation, as ever, is excellent!And one can only admire the little touches that bring the period to life. He can also claim to be a true poet of both the horror and the glory of war'
Sunday Telegraph

'This is typical Cornwell, meticulously researched, massive in scope, brilliant in execution.
News of the World

'He's called a master story-teller. Really he's cleverer than that'
Telegraph

About the Author

Bernard Cornwell

Born in Essex in 1944 Bernard Cornwell was adopted at the age of six weeks by two members of a strict fundamentalist sect called the Peculiar People. He grew up in a household that forbade alcohol, cigarettes, dances, television, conventional medicine and toy guns. Not surprisingly, he developed a fascination for military adventure. As a teenager he devoured CS Forester’s Hornblower novels and tried to enlist three times. Poor eyesight put paid to his dream, instead he went to university to read theology. On graduating, he became a teacher, then joined BBC’s Nationwide, working his way up the ladder to become head of current affairs at BBC Northern Ireland, then editor of Thames News. In 1979, his life changed when he fell in love with an American.

"Judy couldn’t live here, so I gave up my job and moved to the US. I couldn’t get a green card, and for 18 months the only thing I could do was write novels." The result was his first book about 19th century hero, Richard Sharpe, Sharpe’s Eagle.

In addition to the hugely successful Sharpe novels, Bernard Cornwell is the author of the Starbuck Chronicles, the Warlord trilogy, the Grail Quest series, the Alfred series and standalone battle books Azincourt and The Fort.

Bernard Cornwell owns houses in Cape Cod and Florida and two boats. Every year he takes two months off from his writing and spends most of his time on his 24 foot Cornish crabber, Royalist.

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Book Info

Publication date

24th May 2012

Author

Bernard Cornwell

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Publisher

Harper an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Format

Paperback
384 pages

Categories

Historical Fiction
Action Adventure / Spy
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ISBN

9780007331802

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